Kate Middleton Channels Princess Diana In Polka Dots At Royal Ascot

Whether it’s 1988 or 2022, polka dots are always in style.

Kate Middleton caught the eye at Royal Ascot today, dressed in a white dress with dark brown polka dots from one of her recent go-to designers, Alessandra Rich – looking for the picture of Princess Diana.

The 40-year-old Duchess of Cambridge made only her fourth ever appearance at the famed horse race, channeling her late mother-in-law, who wore a similar Victor Edelstein dotted style to the same event in 1988.

She further paid tribute to Diana by wearing the beautiful diamond and pearl earrings of the late Princess of Wales.

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Princess Diana wore navy blue and white polka dots to Royal Ascot in 1988.
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Middleton’s high-necked silk design with puff sleeves and a dramatic shoulder ruffle is an older style that originally sold for $2,520 and was described as “inspired by ’80s yacht club culture.”

As temperatures rose in Ascot, England, the Duchess seemed unfazed by the heat in her long-sleeved midi dress as she chatted with race goers.

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The Duchess wore Princess Diana’s diamond-and-pearl earrings at today’s race.
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While Diana chose a polka-dot hat and navy white pumps for her Royal Ascot outing, her daughter-in-law wore a solid brown topper with white flowers, teamed with chocolate suede pumps from Gianvito Rossi ($725) and a matching clutch bag.

She wore her hair in an elegant updo and showed off Diana’s earrings, which Middleton previously wore to the 2019 BAFTAs in London.

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Princess Diana wore the sparkly earrings (worn with a slightly larger pearl drop) during a visit to Korea in 1992.
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Middleton seems to be a fan of Alessandra Rich’s spots; she wore a black dotted version of the style (along with another pair of Diana’s pearls) to Prince Philip’s commemoration in March, with the same high neckline and buttons down the shoulder.

This wasn’t the only twinning moment at Royal Ascot this week; Carole Middleton appeared at the race on Tuesday in a dress from her daughter’s closet.

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The Duchess laughed at Royal Ascot today, despite the high temperatures.
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